Three New Medical Marijuana Bills Add to 2016 Legislation

Also at the Capitol, medical marijuana has raised questions and left a lot to be desired for patients since voters passed the law legalizing it in 2016.

Today, three bills were brought forth to outline the changes.

They include lessening restrictions for healthcare providers who can provide written certification for medical marijuana for their patients.

The bills also remove social security numbers as a requirement and add more ailments to the list that would be approved for medical marijuana applicants. 

Some added were: eating disorders, anxiety, Tourette syndrome, and Autism, among others. 

The same law, House Bill 1272, also gives medical practitioners the power to prescribe.

Sponsoring Democratic Representative Mary Schneider adds, “Individuals who have severe pain problems, who have multiple disabilities, and who have – to date – been using a lot of opioid prescriptions to deal with that pain; and those individuals are asking us to really get the program going.”

Questions from committee members at the hearing were centered around defining the illnesses, particularly Autism and anxiety disorders, which exist on a spectrum.

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